Jack Hallows got bored of reading transfer rumours and decided instead to take to Twitter and find out who the fans want the club to sign.
I have a serious love/hate relationship with the summer transfer window.
On one hand, I’m always glued to my Twitter wanting to find out every little bit of news, read every single rumour and get seriously emotionally invested in the potential of certain players signing, only for James Pearce to ruin my hope and dreams just hours later.
The truth is we will never know who is actually on the club’s shortlist of players and who they want to sign until players actually come to the club, however, that doesn’t stop us having some fun.
I took to Twitter to ask our followers via a poll who you think the club should sign using the most popular and frequently reported on transfer rumours of recent weeks.
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (63% of votes)
You can sign Jan Oblak, Roma’s Alisson Becker, or you can allow Reina to return for a season?
I think this one was always going to be a no-brainer but I was still interested to see who was picked. Naturally, it was Oblak with a whopping 63% of the votes.
The Atletico Madrid stopper has previously admitted his future is unclear and the 25-year old – widely considered one of the best goalkeepers on the planet behind just David de Gea and Manuel Neuer – would be a serious coup for any team who managed to pick him up should he decide to leave the La Liga side.
Defender: Kalidou Koulibaly (55% of the vote)
This was a hard one to give options for given that the Reds haven’t actually been linked with a host of defenders lately.
Two highly popular names on the Twitter-sphere however are Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Matthijs de Ligt of Ajax. It’s perhaps no surprise to see Koulibaly come out on top in this poll – at 26 he’s got a wealth of experience for Napoli, featuring in the Champions League and playing a major part in their title challenge this campaign.
However, despite the Senegalese defender being an option I wouldn’t be unhappy to see us sign, I can’t look away from de Ligt.
The Dutchman is still only a teenager but has gone from strength to strength in what has been a truly remarkable breakout campaign. He’s got pace, height, is composed on the ball and at 18 years old, has all the time in the world for Klopp to develop him into a truly world-class talent. Despite his age, he’s also played in the same amount of European finals as Philippe Coutinho, so big-game experience would certainly not be an issue.
I can see the logic behind signing a Koulibaly-type centre half as van Dijk could really use a ready-made, top class partner (sorry Dejan) but I’d certainly not be unhappy to see the Reds shell out big money for one of Europe’s best young talents either.
Midfielder: Jorginho (57% of the votes)
Beating out Ruben Neves (28%) and Leicester’s Wilfried N’Didi (14%) was another Napoli player, this time the frequently linked Jorginho.
I can’t disagree really, as much as I like both Neves and N’Didi, Jorginho really is a class above and would bring composure, stability and intelligence to our midfield.
The Italian would simply represent an almost like-for-like upgrade on current captain Jordan Henderson with Jorginho possessing an incredible passing range and preferring to use in-game intelligence and ability to read the play when defending over simply clattering into players and making strong tackles.
The 26-year old has managed 3 goals and 4 assists from the ‘6’ position for Napoli this season and it’s his ability to pick up the ball deep in his own half, turn and quickly spring a counter attack for the Italian clubs pacy forwards that has likely caught Klopp’s eye.
He also averages an impressive 1.8 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per 90 in the Serie A this season, showcasing the defensive side of his game.
Creative Midfielder: Nabil Fekir (90% of the votes)
Safe to say this one’s fairly unanimous.
The Frenchman beat out countryman Thomas Lemar and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez as he proved to be a serious fan-favourite for the upcoming summer window and I can’t blame the fanbase. This lad is superb.
The Lyon captain has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool this summer in recent days with certain reports even going as far as to suggest that a £62m deal is done and dusted.
With 22 goals and 8 assists in all competitions this season, there’s no doubting that the Frenchman would inject some serious threat into Liverpool’s midfield while his ability to take set-pieces and play anywhere across the front three would also be a welcome bonus.
You can read our more in-depth report on the Frenchman here.
Forward: Christian Pulisic (39% of the votes)
This was a little bit of a surprise for me given that he was up against the heavily linked Timo Werner (26%) and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé (33%).
There was also a surprising lack of responses to the ‘other’ vote as I expected the likes of Wilfried Zaha to make at least one appearance.
However, it seems Dortmund’s American winger is where the fans desperately want to see Klopp’s attentions turn when it comes to strengthening our forward line this summer. The 19-year old is certainly highly rated for his age and there’s a general feeling around Europe and his native America that he’ll evolve into a truly special talent in the years to come.
If there’s any area that Pulisic could improve, it would certainly be his end product – 4 goals and 5 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances is nothing to rave about – however, is there any better manager on planet earth to do that for a young player than Jürgen Klopp right now?
He’s quick, he’s an impressive dribbler and he can play anywhere across the front line. Not bad cover for our current explosive trio in my opinion.
Most Important Area to Strengthen: Midfield
I find it very hard to disagree with this.
Liverpool are about to end the season with three fit midfielders – one of those a 32-year old James Milner – and while you can’t knock the performances of any of them of late, it’s just not enough.
Emre Can is set to leave Liverpool in the summer for Juventus, while 30-year old Adam Lallana’s injury record raises the potential that he’ll be sold on to make way for fresh talent. The club will be boosted by the return of Oxlade-Chamberlain for pre-season and the signing of Naby Keïta but one feels that they are still short in this area of the pitch.
Another holding player to rotate with Henderson feels a wise option – encouragingly all of Jorginho, Diawara and N’didi have been linked in recent weeks – while a playmaker capable of dropping deeper into the role that Coutinho occupied before he left – someone like Nabil Fekir or Thomas Lemar – would also be ideal.
The club have done well this season using the resources that Klopp has had at his disposal but one feels that with extra depth, firepower and quality around the squad, especially in the middle of the park, we can not only build on this season but improve on it.
In fact, I think one of our own writers Micky Baddeley summed it up perfectly:
The defence has got better with VVD slotted in the centre, the attack only needs back up players & the midfield needs arguably two more starters as well as Naby.
— Micky (@MxckyB_) May 9, 2018
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